Fixture: Oswestry Mixed 2 v High Ercall 1
Result: Won 3-1
On the 11th November Oswestry mixed 2 travelled to High Ercall to play their match which should have been played mid-October but was cancelled due to rain. Once again it wasn’t just the opponents that looked challenging, the weather looked ominous, and indeed proved to be a challenge, cold winds and driving rain.
With no changes to the team or the pairings a well wrapped up team took to the court. Hann and Hollywell were slow to settle against a very tactical and talented first pair from High Ercall – losing the first set 6-2. Digging deep and accepting that this was ‘a difficult day in the office’ the pair pulled together and fought for every single point in the next set. At 4 games all it looked like there was a chance to take it to a championship tiebreak – however with a temporary lapse of concentration the Oswestry pair succumbed to a 6-4 loss.
In the other match Hann and Campbell settled straight into play moving the High Ercall team all around the court and ‘smashing’ a rubber win 6-1, 6-0.
All even at the half way point!.
Hann and Hollywell, still frustrated with their performance in the first rubber, had to find form and had to find it very quickly. Every rubber, set, game and point in the evenings match was crucial in making sure that the team could still be in a position to remain in the division or potentially get promotion. This year’s division 3 has been very unpredictable with regards to strengths of the opposition teams fielded which means that the outcome is still up in the air and will go down to the last matches. Back on track the pair ground out a ‘not so pretty but rewarding’ second rubber win 6-2, 6-1.
In the 4th rubber, Hann and Campbell found themselves struggling with the hard to read precision placed spin shots from High Ercall and unfortunately lost the first set 3-6. Keeping their heads up and their not to be beaten attitude, both players chased balls down, built rallies together and won the second set in a tiebreak. Championship tie break – game on! With much at stake both teams were determined to take the rubber. It was the sheer determination and focus from Hann and Campbell that saw them romp home with the win, taking the tiebreaker convincingly 10-2 – what a partnership and what a result for the team, a 3-1 victory keeping the hopes for remaining in the division alive.
Last match – Cound 1 away 13th November.